VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs Recalled for Airbag Issue

Faulty wiring may also cause other electrical problems, such as unexpected braking and windows that roll down by themselves

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 223,000 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs because their front side airbags may deploy later than they’re supposed to during a crash, which could injure vehicle occupants.

In addition to the airbag problem, the vehicle’s electronic parking brake may suddenly engage at speeds below 1.8 mph, and its windows may roll down by themselves.

The problem is due to corrosion in the vehicle’s wiring. VW does not yet have a solution but will alert owners as soon as a fix is available.

On vehicles that have this problem, owners may notice that the airbag warning light is illuminated or see a warning on the dashboard about a faulty door sensor.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2019-2023 Volkswagen Atlas SUVs and 2020-2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUVs

The problem: Corrosion in the wiring harness that goes from the vehicle’s windshield pillar to its front door may cause a sporadic interruption of electrical connections within the vehicle. During certain side impacts, this may cause delayed deployment of the side airbags.

The fix: VW does not yet have a fix for this problem.

How to contact the manufacturer: VW will notify owners by mail twice: first, on May 10, 2022, to let them know if their vehicles are included in the recall, and again as soon as a fix is developed to let them know when they can take their SUVs in for a free repair. Owners may also contact VW directly at 800-893-5298.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V152. VW’s own number for this recall is 97GF.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any recalls that need to be addressed.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.